If you enjoy multi-player FPS games and have a competitive streak the size of a mile, Valorant’s competitive ranked mode is for you. When it originally came out, this 5v5 FPS shooter game offered everything a gamer could desire, but Riot Games has improved it even more.
With your favourite Agents, you’ve progressed to mastery. Now it’s time to find out who in the community is truly the greatest. Compete against other like-minded people to reach the top of the regional leaderboards. If you dare to accept the challenge, you’ll be rewarded with bragging rights.
However, before you leap into a competitive battle, you need familiarise yourself with the ranking system. Continue reading to learn more about Valorant’s ranking system, how you move through the ranks, and how the game’s Acts factor towards ranking.
Overview of the Valorant Ranks
The ranks in Valorant is a little complex, especially for newbies. The system is similar to other multi-player ranking systems, but there are a few major characteristics that are exclusive to Riot Games.
To begin with, you can’t just go into competitive/ranked mode on the heat of the moment. To unlock competitive mode in the game, you must play 10 unrated matches. To unlock this new option, users just needed to finish 20 unrated games when it originally appeared.
Because it is simpler to complete games than it is to complete matches, trolls and smurfs saturated the matched tournaments, causing a slew of issues.Riot Games responded by “upping” the unlocking criteria in the form of match completions in order to address possibly troublesome players.
It’s not a perfect solution, but finishing matches takes a lot more work and commitment than playing a few simple matchups.After you’ve won the required 10 unrated matches, you’ll need to play five placement matches. The game uses placement matches to determine where you should begin in the ranking system.
Don’t worry about placement matches before you get too worked up. Even if you lose your matches, the game considers your overall performance, not only whether or not you win or lose a placement match. When establishing your rank, Valorant also considers your prior ten unrated wins.
Tiers and Ranks
The Valorant ranking system has eight tiers or divisions:
- Radiant (previously known as “Valorant”)
Each of the first six rankings has three tiers or sub-ranks that must be completed before moving on to the next rank. Immortal and Radiant, the last two ranks, each have only one tier. Valorant has a total of 20 ranks, omitting Unranked.
The majority of players begin at the Iron level, while their performance in placement matches can move them up a tier and rank. For example, great players could be able to skip four levels and start at Bronze 2.
When competing in Competitive mode, you can also avoid ranks and tiers. Everything in a match is determined by your MMR (matchmaking rating), performance, and frags (kills). If you want to go through the ranks, you must be consistent. If you have a lot of wins in a row and a lot of MVPs, you’ll be able to move up the ranks faster.
It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance, but if you play well and win matches, you can finally get to the top of the leaderboards. The Valorant system’s top two levels are designated for the greatest of the best.Radiant ranks will be awarded to just 500 players per area, while Immortal ranks will be awarded to the top 1% of players in each region.
Some online multiplayer games use a “ranking decay” concept to encourage players to come in on a regular basis. In certain games, if a person does not participate for a certain amount of time, their game rank begins to deteriorate.
Because there is no rank degradation in Valorant, you may take pauses from playing if you need to. If you’ve been gone from the game for an extended period of time, you may need to play a placement game to regain your rank.
After a lengthy absence, the placement game might help you gauge your skill level and if you can still compete at your previous position.It makes sense from a competitive viewpoint. Riot Games wants to make sure you’re matched with players who are at your skill level.
Completing a placement game before resuming your normal routine might also be beneficial. The last thing you want is to get back into competitive mode only to discover that you’re rusty and out of your depth.
Leaderboards for each region
Do you want to see how you stack up against other gamers in your area?The regional leaderboards were added in Valorant Episode 2 as a new feature for competitive players. Your rank and rating, as well as other personal information such as your Riot ID and player card, are displayed on the leaderboards.
You may easily update your personal information to read “Secret Agent” instead if you’d want to be a bit more anonymous when competing.Unfortunately, after you enter competitive mode, you won’t be able to view where you rank on the regional leaderboards.
You must first complete at least 50 competitive games. You’ll need to invest some time in the game and play at least one competitive game every week to retain your spot on the board.As previously stated, your rank will not degrade, but you will not show on the leaderboard if you go missing for a few weeks.
Examining Previous Matches
As you go through the ranks, gaining insight into your previous battles might help you figure out what you’re doing correctly and where you’re doing wrong. To see your match history, follow the instructions below:
- Go to the main dashboard of the game.
- At the top of the screen, select the Career tab.
- Check out the stats from your last ten games.
Wins and losses, as well as kills, spike plants, assists, and first bloods, will be displayed. This information is crucial for analysing and improving your match performance if you’re the sort of player that enjoys getting a bit meta.You may also view how other players fared in the same match as a bonus. Simply choose a game to learn more about it.
MMR (Match Making Rating) Explanation
In competitive mode, your Match Making Rating, or MMR, is one of the most essential figures you’ll never see. It’s how you’re matched against other players in competitive mode. If you imagine a big ladder, your MMR is the rung on that ladder that you are on.
No two players will ever share the same rung or location on the ladder, according to Riot Games. Whether you move up the MMR ladder or are “pushed down by others” is determined by each match. It is, however, a different rating from your RR or Rank Rating that helps the game match you with players of a comparable skill level.
Explanation of Rank Rating (RR)
The quantity of points you receive after each competitive game determines your Rank Rating. In lesser divisions, you gain RR points depending on competition victories and overall performance in the match.
To progress to the next tier, you must earn 100 RR points. The distribution of points varies from game to game, but in general, it looks like this:
Wins: 10–50 RR, 5+ RR for Diamond and higher levels
Losses: Draws: minus 0 – 30 RR, with a maximum of 50 RR for Diamond grades and higher. For the levels Iron – Diamond, there are 20 RR (depending on performance).
However, if you get no RR points during the game, you risk being relegated to the previous tier. If you get demoted, Valorant features a feature called “demotion protection” that prevents you from falling below 80 RR for the newly lowered rank.
The good news is that returning to your old rank will only cost you 20 RR, but the bad news is that you were demoted in the first place.
RR vs. MMR
In Valorant, your MMR and RR are two different scoring systems. One assists the game in matching you with the suitable players, while the other decides your competitive mode performance rating.
Here’s when things get a bit messed up
Riot Games tries to find optimal matches for your skill set, but they merely have a “idea” of how well you’ll do. Your Match Making Rating is that “concept.” Players are put at the low end of their rank estimation for making matches to test you based on both their MMR and RR.
If you repeatedly “pass” the test or win, you’re clearly demonstrating that you belong higher up the metaphoric ladder and will be matched with people who are closer to your skill level. You’ll notice a change in your RR points as well.
You’ll gain more points if you win, and you’ll lose fewer if you lose.All of those extra RR points go toward preparing you to advance to the higher end of the system’s rank estimation.
Riot Games wants all players’ MMR and RR scores to “converge” at some point in the future. Your RR should, in theory, represent your level of performance, and your MMR should allow you to demonstrate that you deserve in that rank.
Skill, not grit, will help you rise through the ranks.
It’s tempting to “grind” your way to the top of the leaderboards by playing as many games as possible, but that’s not how the ranking system works. While the game emphasises “wins,” it also considers “how you win” and the talents you shown during your bouts. It’s all about quality, not quantity, if you want to move up Valorant ranks.